Styling Your Family Beach Session

You just booked your family beach shoot, so what’s next?…  What should we wear?

So here are a few tips that I have when choosing your outfits.

Keep it pretty casual:  By that I mean, you want something that you are comfortable in, where you can easily get down on the ground, where it looks like it fits the beach.  I would stay away from satin dresses (for little girls) or fancy Easter type dresses.

Think color:  While white is pretty and it’s classic, colors look great on the beach. Soft pastels are beautiful, but navy with a pop of red, coral or yellow makes a colorful statement! If you want to go white, I would encourage textures and maybe even creams and neutrals paired with denim.

Women:  Wear a sundress, maxi dress, or palazzo pants.  Anything flowy.  Remember you are on the beach.  Shorts just don’t photograph well on women.  Keep in mind textures and patterns.

Men:  Button downs are perfect, linen shorts or madras shorts… I recommend button downs because they don’t cling.

Things to NOT do:

  • Don’t get burnt 🙂 I know you are at the beach, but you don’t want to be too red for the pictures…. and try really hard not to have raccoon eyes with your sunglasses
  • No shoes or socks… they just look funny on the beach

Things to do:

  • Bring something to pull long hair back as it gets really windy sometimes
  • Don’t forget about accessories!  Pretty necklaces or cute hats for little ones…

I’ve put together a few ideas for family outfits …they might help get your juices flowing for your session!


Mint/teal paired with pink/peach

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Navy and coral/red

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